Friday 12.27

Lone Star Circus returns to Dallas Children’s Theater

We have to admit: As newish holiday traditions go, the after-Christmas spectacle of the Lone Star Circus is one we’ve grown to love. It’s something fresh and unexpected during the final weeks of the holiday rush, and it’s family friendly, but mostly it has to do with muscular acrobats in tight-fitting clothes like Christian Stoinev, pictured, doing oh-my-word feats of derring-do.

Rosewood Center for Family Arts,
5938 Skillman St.
Dec. 27–Jan. 5. $20–$46.


Friday 12.27


Chinese Lanterns keep the glow of the holidays going at Fair Park

Santa may have delivered all his presents, but you can still see him — or the lantern version of him — at the Chinese Lantern Festival. The exhibition of colorful silks illuminated in a giant funhouse of color and extravagance has been at Fair Park since the State Fair, but it won’t be here forever. You have until Jan. 5 to catch this remarkable display, open after dark so you can fully appreciate the detailing and beauty of this ancient craft.

Fair Park at Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Through Jan. 5. $14.


Tuesday 12.31


Big Bad Gina kicks off 2014 with party and concert

What you get when you add together three women, nine instruments and a whole lot of noisemakers? The Big Bad Gina New Year’s Eve concert and party, of course. The popular lesbian trio — a genre-hoppin’ folkin’ girl band with an edge — are returning to Fort Worth on Tuesday, just in time to welcome in 2014. It won’t just be an evening concert, but a rockin’ party to close out your year. Cheers!

4615 E. California Parkway, Fort Worth.
8 p.m.–1 p.m.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 27, 2013.